PROFILE: Roque Cozzette

RoqueCozzetteRCozzetteWhere were you born?
San Francisco, CA

Where do you live now?
New York City

What is your sign?
Pisces

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a wizard that could transform people from sad to happy. When I was four years old, I was crafting, drawing and painting. I would go through my mom’s makeup train case (which ended up being my makeup case as a freelancer years later) and would imagine what one could do with the makeup inside and how it could seemingly make my mother happier and prettier. It was like a magic wand to me. I’d then look at faces and imagine where color would be placed or see how the light would fall on the face. I was always sensitive to imperfections such as rosacea and hyperpigmentation. This is what inspired me to attend beauty school during high school where I attained my license for Esthetics. In college, I studied art via oil paint, watercolor, ink drawing and color theory; then realized few artists ever achieve great success. My love for painting and transforming led my quest for beauty to find makeup artistry. I found it most gratifying to work with people one-on-one, enhancing their individual beauty.

What was your first memorable work as an artist?
The first time I did makeup on Christina Milian. On a personal level, I’d say that I’m a firm believer in being true to yourself by honoring your intuition (emotional guidance). After working for six years at MAC, I had lost that good feeling I promised myself to be guided by – so I took a risk and quit. One week later, I was called by Def Jam Records to do a test on Christina Milian. Needless to say that turned into the most memorable two years of working and visiting 17 countries. Not to mention the best confirmation I could ask for that by honoring oneself, the best will always follow. The most memorable moment was that at 18, I promised myself to…>> To continue down memory lane with Roque Cozzette on his first memoriable work as an artist, pick up a copy of our Spring 2015 issue here.

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